Rand Abdul Jabbar borrows from the vestiges and ephemera of history to produce reconstructions of accumulations of past events as they intersect with personal experience. Exploring her relationship to place and landscape while in a state of displacement, Abdul Jabbar contests individual and collective memory while engaging with legacies of archaeology, mythology and material culture through extensive research within archives and museum collections. Employing sculpture, writing, video and installation as primary mediums, herwork unfolds through an experiential dialogue between recollection and re-imagination, inventing a set of anchors that facilitate there-telling and adaptation of the past into a site for the reclamation of agency and affirmation of identity.Read More
Recent and upcoming group exhibitions include A Permanent Nostalia for Departure, Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati (forthcoming, 2023); And the Mirrors Are Many, 421, Abu Dhabi (2023); Icon. Iconic: Richard Mille Art Prize, Louvre Abu Dhabi (2022); For the Pheonix to find its form in us. On Restitution, Rehabilitation and Reparation, SAVVY Contemporary, Berlin (2021); Phantom Limb, Jameel Arts Centre, Dubai (2019); This Land's Unknown, Biennale d'Architecture d'Orleans (2019); and An Instant Before the World, Biennale d'art contemporain de Rabat (2019).
Rand Abdul Jabbar is currently based in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
Text courtesy Lawrie Shabibi.